How to Start & Use a Bullet Journal – Plus Examples to Get You Started

How To Start A Bullet Journal With Examples Featured

How to Start & Use a Bullet Journal – Plus Examples to Get You Started

How To Start and Use a Bullet Journal - Bullet Journal Ideas and Bullet Journal Spreads
17 Beautiful Spreads To Use In Your Bullet Journal - Bullet Journal Layouts
The Complete Guide To Bullet Journaling - Bullet Journal Ideas and Bullet Journal Spreads

Bullet Journaling is a fantastic and fluid way to keep your life organized. It’s a planner, journal, to do list, and so much more. A bullet journal keeps everything in one place and allows for massive amounts of customization.

What can I use a Bullet Journal for?

Bullet Journals are great to use for everything from a planner to a bucket list. Furthermore, you can customize your journal for what you need. It takes effort to set up but allows for easy recording of only the things that are important to you.

You can create a savings guide, habit tracker, upcoming movie list, budget, planner, meal planning, to do list, health trackers and anything else you want to record or stay accountable too.

What do I need to set one up?

A notebook, a ruler, and a pen. That’s all that is necessary. You can get fancy bookmarks, you can use colored pens, some papers allow for watercolor. You can make it as fancy, pretty, or plain as you would like.

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Note: Lined paper can be distracting, I personally love doted paper as it makes drawing out lines extremely easy without any distraction. I personally love the Essentials Dot Matrix Notebook. It’s easy to use, stays together, and fits in my mom purse easily.

How do I set one up?

You can set up your bullet journal any way you like. However, I would caution that you create an outline first. Planning out your bullet journal keeps it clean.

The first two pages should be left for your key and your index. This will help you to keep track of where in the bullet journal everything is and what shapes stand for what.

Number every page in your notebook so you can easily record the information in the index.

Setting up your Bullet Journal

After you set up the key and the index, you want to add your additional trackers that are not the planner portion of your bullet journal. The planner portion of your journal should not be completed far in advance as you may need additional space.

Before you do anything more though, decide what types of lists and trackers you want in your bullet journal.

Take a look below at some inspiration to get you started.

Check out 14 Bullet Journal Spreads That Are Perfect, 19 Beautiful Weekly Spreads, 15 Monthly Spreads for your Bullet Journal, and 11 Bullet Journal Cleaning Schedules for more Bullet Journal inspiration.

The Gratitude Tracker

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The Meal Planner

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The Pet Tracker

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The Habit Tracker

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Check out more habit tracker layouts and ideas at 50 Bullet Journal Habit Tracking Ideas.

The Savings Tracker

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The Book Tracker

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The Brain Dump

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The Cleaning Calendar

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When Did I Last Tracker

The Running Tracker

Weight Loss Tracker

Additionally, you can add a self care tracker. This helped greatly in making sure I took care of myself even when I’m too busy to do it. You can read 20 Self Care Tips that take 20 Minutes or Less to get some ideas for your self care tracker.

Daily Layouts:

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Last week's spread in my bujo is teaching me that my water intake is shit. 😝

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I included positive phrases in my daily spreads to help keep a positive attitude daily. Find out more on how we strive to be positive daily.

Monthly Spreads

I personally use mine to keep me on track with a lot of things. It helped a lot when I was trying to find more Work/Life Balance as a full time working mom. As I transitioned from a working mom into a work at home mom though I got away from using mine for about a month. Now I’m using it more and it’s really helping to keep my work flow in check so I’m not sitting at my computer all day.

You now know how to set up a bullet journal and you have lots of inspiration to pull from to create your own. Follow me on Pinterest and pin this for reference when you create your own. Happy Journaling!

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